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Government strategy consulting

 
#1 Government strategy consulting
20/10/2007 20:00

Directionless

What is the ideal balance (in terms of years) and route for a career in govt consultancy? Is it better to start off in the civil service for the in-house experience that strat firms like, or start off at a strategy consultancy firm? I guess there are various ways to do it, but issues such as pay concern me. Any tips/insignt would be great

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#2 RE: Government strategy consulting
22/10/2007 17:22

Anon to Directionless (#1)

A cynic might say governments don't have strategies, just policies (that they write in house)...

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#3 RE: Government strategy consulting
22/10/2007 19:32

anon to Anon (#2)

And another cynic might say governments don't have policies, just spin-doctors

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#4 RE: Government strategy consulting
23/10/2007 03:13

anon to anon (#3)

If you can get in on the fast stream, perhaps do this first (I don't think you can go back in as an experienced hire onto fast track?). You can always come in as experienced hire into consultancy, and graduate training in consultancies is mostly on-the-job with the odd week long course thrown in (where you tend to simulate a project anyway)

Secondments happen both ways, so have a look at Whitehall in Government (google it) to get an idea of the opportunities here. You can second in to consultancy first to try it out, and then make a permanent move if you like.

All the best consultants I know have first hand experience of working in Whitehall - either through secondment or direct.

Also, relationships are critical here - so don't burn bridges at either end....

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